If you have children, you’ve probably joked with your mama friends about “Baby Brain.” You know, things like searching the house top to bottom for your phone…while it’s in your hand. Or forgetting half of your vocabulary – usually big, complex and intellectually advanced words like “bucket” or “spoon.” You’ve probably swapped stories of sleep-deprivation, exhaustion and next level fatigue. When your friends who aren’t parents talk about being tired, you laugh and pat their heads.
And while this is a source of comedy and camaraderie amongst mothers, it’s no laughing matter.
After having my second baby, I came across this article on Postnatal Depletion written by Dr. Oscar Serrallach. I found myself nodding along as I read the article. Yes, yes. Yes. SO MUCH YES. In the article, Dr. Serrallach puts a name to the fatigue, moodiness, exhaustion and baby brain that so many mothers experience: Postnatal Depletion. He breaks down the causes, symptoms and effects of postnatal depletion – and offers a three step-program for repletion. (Note: even if you had your kids 10 years ago, read it! Much of it may still apply.)
As luck would have it, Dr. Serrallach actually practices down the road from where I live. I’ve been lucky enough to see Dr. Serrallach for about 3 years now and I feel so incredibly grateful to have access to his guidance and expertise. He helped me recover from back-to-back pregnancies with my first two children and rebuild my vitality so that I was replenished, repleted and ready to rock for baby number three. And I must say that the difference in how I feel after having my third baby is absolutely remarkable.
If you don’t live in Byron Bay, you can still access Dr. Serrallach’s work.
HERE’S WHERE TO START
- Read Dr. Serrallach’s article on GOOP to get up to speed on postnatal depletion. The article is a must-read for mamas and mamas-to-be.
- Dr. Serrallach also recently developed a supplement in collaboration with GOOP and if you’re in the States you can order them here. Read more about it here.
- Dr. Serrallach has a book coming out in 2018 called The Postnatal Depletion Cure and you can pre-order now on Amazon.
- In the meantime, Dr. Serrallach and his wife Caroline Cowley have set up a private Facebook group called Mothermorphosis that you can request to join. It’s full of informational posts and like-minded mamas.
- If you’re local to Byron Bay, book in to see Dr. Serrallach at The Health Lodge where he works in tandem with a host of holistic health practitioners (including my beloved Naturopath, Reine DuBois!)
Please check out Dr. Serrallach’s work, it is a priceless gift for modern mothers. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!